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This week, at the apex of another pandemic surge, COVID-19 yet again lays open the inequities in access to health care for the communities we serve. So today, our reflections on Dr. King’s leadership and legacy carry an even greater urgency.

Dr. King led us toward a more perfect union and expressed his belief that, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman.” While we still have a long way to go to achieve his vision of equality, I believe each of us, through our care for New Yorkers, is helping to move us forward and bridge this gap in our society. I am proud that we serve all New Yorkers regardless of who they are, the color of their skin, who they love, where they are from, how they identify or their ability to pay. This mission continues to inspire even more people to raise their voices, take action and join us in this effort. Every day, each of you brings this great city and its residents closer to ending the health disparities that we see every day.

At PAGNY, we are committed to bring together the best mission-driven physicians, advanced practice providers and staff to serve and care for all New Yorkers. Through this work, we will continue to honor and walk in the footsteps of the great Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who devoted his life to creating a fair, just society and whose dream continues to inspire and unite us in advancing our important mission.

Thank you for your service today, and every day, on our march toward health equity.